SINGAPORE — Shares in Australia slipped in Friday morning trade, with the country’s October retail sales data expected later in the day.
Australia’s retail sales data for October is set to be released at 8:30 a.m. HK/SIN.
Meanwhile, the Nikkei futures contract in Chicago was at 29,435 while its counterpart in Osaka was at 29,510. That compared against the Nikkei 225’s last close at 29,499.28.
In Covid developments, World Health Organization officials said Thursday they are monitoring a new variant with “a large number of mutations.” A special meeting is scheduled for Friday to discuss its implications for vaccines and treatments.
Markets in the U.S. were closed on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against a basket of its peers, was at 96.789 — still above levels below 96.5 seen earlier in the trading week.